LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Geology professor from WKU is lucky to be alive after falling into a crevasse on a Himalayan mountain in Nepal.


John All fell close to 70 feet into an icy hole on the side of the mountain.He broke five ribs and an arm, dislocated his shoulders, and bruised his face and knees.


Using his ice pick, it took All six hours to pull himself out of the hole and another three hours to crawl back to his tent to call for help.


After spending the night cold, alone, and in excruciating pain, All was saved when a rescue helicopter showed up. He was flown to a hospital where he spent the night in intensive care before checking himself out the next day.


All and his team were collecting ice and snow samples to study the level of pollution and rate of glaciers melting. They had moved to Mount Himjung in north central Nepal because Mount Everest was closed last month after 16 Sherpa guides died in an avalanche.


Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All rights reserved.